Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Leisurely Afternoon's Banana Double Chip Muffins


Doesn't everyone deserve a leisurely afternoon from time to time, doing only what you want to do?
It's not a time where you're frantically scurrying around the house to pick after every body's dishes or dirty socks.

It's not a time where you're starting to wash  that mountain of laundry before family arrives for the weekend.

It's not a time where you're juggling emails and a grocery list that would rival the Great Wall.

You may have forgotten just what a leisurely afternoon is.....

It is a tranquil hour to kick up your feet under your favorite snuggly blanket on the couch and read a few more chapters in that novel that's gathered a bit of dust.

It is finding a moment when the house is fairly quiet (lets be reasonable) and  taking a warm milk bath with instrumental music playing softly as you close your eyes and drift into your Never Never Land!

It is when you have your time to talk to the Lord.  Really TALK or SING praises aloud to Him, without interruption.

It is a cloudy day and the rain is just starting to patter as the pot of your favorite coffee has finished brewing.  Your best friend is coming for a visit and girl talk.

It is when you're husband is off for the day and you've popped some homemade popcorn, cuddled up together and are watching your favorite movie that brings happy memories.

It is when you can truly relax(!) in your favorite comfy pants, cozy sweatshirt, and soft socks.  When you take the time to light a few warm scented candles and enjoy the tranquility of an empty-- but happy-- home.

This kind of day may not come often, or you may have the pleasure of doing all of these things in one wonderful weekend!  (I call this a "staycation".) 
I'm so thankful to enjoy the small things, the quiet moments, the treasure of having a safe home and loving husband.  God is good.


These banana double chocolate chip muffins are a perfectly delicious treat, not to mention also make your house smell like a bakery!  They are so rich and decadent and would be wonderful to enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee as you indulge in an afternoon--or just a moment--to yourself!  Treat yourself well, and thank the Lord for all the blessed moments He's given to us!


Banana Double Chip Muffins
Makes 1 Dozen

1/2 c. Canola Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 c. Sugar
3 Mashed Bananas
1/4 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1 2/3 c. All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 c. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 c. Milk Chocolate Chips

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Spray a muffin tin with baking spray and set aside.

In a small bowl, place one cup of the chocolate chips and couple of teaspoons of flour.  Stir together and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, soda, powder, salt and cinnamon.  Stir with a whisk to sift it together and get out any clumps.  Set aside.

In a bowl, mix together the oil and sugar until very blended and smooth.

Add the eggs, banana and vanilla and mix together well.

Make a well in the dry mixture, and add the wet banana mixture.  Stir together until just blended.

Add the flour-coated chocolate chips and gently fold in.

Evenly divide batter into the 12 muffins cups and dot the tops with remaining 1/2 c.  milk chocolate chips.  This is where I use the Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips.

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until you have a clean toothpick.

Enjoy the chocolate gooey goodness!


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13 comments:

Coffee Mom said...

I always love your posts!!!

Angel said...

mmmmmm....I love it when the house "smells like a bakery". Thanks for sharing this yummy looking recipe. Your newest follwer can't wait to try these!

Cozy Little House said...

Wish I had one delicious little bite...
Brenda

Treat and Trick said...

They look gorgeous and I love them even more since you'd used oil. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment.

elizabeth said...

These look fabulous! Your ideas for quiet times of relaxation sound heavenly!

Jeriel said...

Wow! Those sure do look delicious!! I wish we had a bit more rainy days here that way I could make a batch and snuggle up! Enjoy:)

Nici - Posed Perfection said...

These look delicious. I loved reading your post. I could almost feel the stress melt away. I am your newest follower. I wanted to thank you for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me a really sweet comment. I hope you'll come back for a visit and maybe even "Follow Me" back. Have a lovely weekend!
Blessings, Nici

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh! Thank you for sharing your recipe for this yummy goodness at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Marguerite said...

Hi Leslie! These muffins look scrumptious and your blog is fab! Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog and for your lovely comments. I am now following yours, as well.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

These look soooooo GOOD!!

Katherines Corner said...

I love your delish blog!These look so yummy Hugs and thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Katherines Corner said...

I featured you at Katherines Corner today xo

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

These muffins look amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can't wait to try it.